The rumors were true: Sledgehammer Games will be heading up development on the next Call of Duty installment.
Infinity Ward and Treyarch have traded off making CoD titles throughout the last generation. Sledgehammer was originally slated to develop a third-person spin-off for the franchise, but that project got axed. Instead, the team assisted Infinity Ward with Modern Warfare 3 .
Now, however, it's Sledgehammer's time to shine. Activision is awfully confident in the studio's ability, too, as Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said this new CoD entry is "perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever created." A bold statement but then again, that's the only kind of statement this guy makes. We don't have any concrete details on the game just yet, but that's not important.
No, right now, what's important is this: Sledgehammer hasn't replaced Infinity Ward and Treyarch; they've merely joined the CoD family. This means Activision is moving to a three-year development cycle with three different teams. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said this will allow their designers to infuse more life into the brand. The extra time should also result in more polish and innovation (ideally).
Okay, now I'm a little more interested in this franchise. A little.